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Ash Barty’s WTA Finals title defence unsure, says coach

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World primary Ash Barty won’t defend her title on the season-ending WTA Finals in Mexico due to the “ridiculous” taking part in situations on the venue and the timing of the event, her coach Craig Tyzzer mentioned.
The WTA Finals, contested by the world’s prime eight singles gamers and eight doubles groups, have been moved to Guadalajara from Shenzhen this week as a result of COVID-19 pandemic and can start on Nov 8.
Tyzzer mentioned Barty, who gained the 2019 WTA Finals earlier than the 2020 version was cancelled, may also compromise her 2022 Australian Open preparation if she performs in Mexico as she must endure two weeks of house quarantine on her return to Australia.

“We only just found out it’s in Mexico at 1500 metres (above sea level) and they’re using pressure-less balls,” Tyzzer advised the Australian Associated Press on Wednesday.
“Pressure-less balls completely fly. It’s a ball that, in the event you use it in regular situations, it doesn’t bounce. It’s not the best commercial for the most effective women on the earth to be taking part in one thing they’ve by no means achieved earlier than.

“In conditions they’ve never played, in a country they don’t play and at altitude, I just feel it’s ridiculous. As a spectacle, it’s just frightening.”
Barty, who suffered a third-round exit at this month’s U.S. Open, is “physically and mentally exhausted”, mentioned Tyzzer.
“Indian Wells (next month) is still on the radar but she just needs a rest,” he added. “So I advised her to only get away and have a vacation.
“It certainly isn’t easy for us to get there and to play that event in Mexico and then to come back and have to do two (more) weeks (in quarantine) and then your summer is sort of ruined as well. “It’s a decision we’ll have to sit and mull over quite a bit.”